Summary from Amazon:
I’m not your typical girl. I’ve been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness…until Wes Michals offered to be my light.
I didn’t know that time wasn’t my ally — that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer–each moment as it came–but it would never be enough.
Sometimes when you think it’s the end, it’s only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn’t–I wouldn’t ever be the same.
And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own.
Ruin was actually a surprise for me. While I was on my staycation (best thing ever!), I had a huge craving for romance-y stories. I mean, I always like a little romance, but I just only wanted romance for a few days. So I thought I would try out a few New Adult self-published books. I chose a few based on their summaries, ratings, and price. Let’s just say, for the most part, I was underwhelmed. So when I finally got around to reading Ruin, I was expecting to be disappointed again. But I wasn’t. It was a pleasant surprise.
Ruin is told in alternating POVs between Keirsten and Wes. Keirsten is starting her first year of college, and you know right off the bat that she has had some traumatic experiences. Events that she is still struggling to work through. Wes is an upperclassman. He’s this awesome football player, he’s gorgeous, and oh, his dad’s a millionaire. I liked Keirsten and Wes almost immediately. Although I didn’t have to deal with the traumatic events that Keirsten had to, I could see a lot of myself in her. She’s shy and innocent, but not a push over.
And Wes. You know what I love about him? He’s not a jerk, or a player, and he definitely has some tough things he’s dealing with, too. Probably my favorite scene in the whole book was when Keirsten and Wes first meet. It was adorable, hilarious, and really showcased who Keirsten and Wes are. After I finished the book, I went back to read that scene again.
Van Dyken also creates fantastic secondary characters, too. Particularly, Keirsten’s roommate, and her other friend Gabe. They have strong personalities, and they felt very realistic as people go. I am quite interested in Gabe, and I would love if he got his own story. I would be all over that.
I did feel like the book got a little preachy at times. All this business of actually LIVING your life. I mean, of course, yes, live your life. But I did get a little weary of it all. Some of the things that Wes was often saying did cause some eyerolling on my part. That might just be my personality, though.
For a New Adult book, the sexytimes were very tame. I mean, there’s lots of kissing . . . but not much else. I’m not a uncomfortable with sexytime scenes, but, it seems like that is what New Adult is getting known for. And I liked that Ruin wasn’t filled with that stuff.
If you enjoy romance, lovable characters, emotional reads, and New Adult, I highly recommend this one. It’s not perfect, but it’s good. And it’s only $.99 for Kindle. You can’t really go wrong, there. I may even look into Van Dyken’s other books.
**On a side note: I’m really not a fan of the cover. It doesn’t really give you a feeling about what the book is about. Also, that guy looks nothing like how I pictures Wes. He doesn’t look like a jock at all. Just my opinion, though.